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Tuesday, 29 August 1972
Page: 463

Senator DEVITT - I wish to ask a question of the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport. 1 ask: What managerial and administrative changes have taken place in the running of the Australian National Line that would prevent a repetition of the situation where, in the months of November, December and January last, 11,500 passenger berths were not filled on ships trading to Tasmanian ports? Have any changes been made to booking procedures and agent reservation practices to prevent duplication of bookings which, I believe, was the main problem in the instance referred to? Finally, are any plans afoot to give to the ANL the degree of autonomy which would permit it to run its own affairs to a far greater extent than is now the case?

Senator COTTON (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - I would need to refer that question to the Minister for Shipping and Transport because it contains a number of queries on which information would not be available to me. I can remember that, in a recent debate on the report of the Senate Standing Committee on Trade and Industry on shipping services to and from Tasmania, Senator O'Byrne referred to the need for improved booking arrangements and I undertook to do what I could to assist in that regard. I have put that matter in process. Beyond that I cannot help at the moment.

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